ibook G4 help

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by espndeportes, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. espndeportes macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    So here is the situation.

    My wife has a 1 ghz ibook G4. The other day, her computer started to have kernel panics. Before it would happen, there would be a Mac OS X error message when she booted up the computer....what exactly it was I am not sure.

    Anyways, so I ran the apple hardware test and everything passed. I had already backed up all of her data, so I decided to do a clean install of OS X.4.

    So I go ahead and start the install. It goes through the first disc, but before it even asks me for the 2nd disc to install, it says it needs to restart. So I hit restart, and now the computer is not responding, with the startup disc stuck in the drive.

    If I press and hold the power button, the fan will turn on and it will make the startup sound, but nothing comes on the screen. It will eventually just shut off. It also will not start in target disc mode. If I press the power button long enough, it will make some sort of whistling sound and the sleep button will flash rapidly for a few seconds, but nothing happens.

    What can I do?
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Sounds like a Logic Board failure to me. Your best bet is to talk to Apple about it, but there's not much they can do other than replace the logic board. :(

    Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, I had a titanium PowerBook do exactly the same thing to me over the last week...
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
  4. espndeportes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
  5. espndeportes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Ugh, I re-installed it and was working fine.

    Then I got another kernel panic.

  6. thetacoman macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    iBooks have historically had logic board issues... On the G3s, Apple has a repair program, but many G4s have exhibited issues as well... Go get your notebook checked out.
  7. sbluetruck macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    possible RAM failure?
    something not seated properly?
    wake up call for a new MB :rolleyes:?
  8. Drile macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Do you have a way to check out the ram (swap it out to test it)?

    If not, sounds like it is time to bring it in like everyone else said.
  9. espndeportes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Yeah, I think I might have it checked out.

    My wife also had dropped it about 4 months back onto blacktop, so it got a little scuffed up. It didn't have any problems until a few days ago though....so I dunno.

    I hope its not the logic board.....
  10. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Could be a bad HDD, could be bad RAM. Those are what you should hope for, as everything else is hardware and improbable to fix, at least without help from Apple...

    Try removing extra RAM and the Airport card, then booting from the Install disc and running disc utility. See what the SMART status is, and run the disc repair (not permissions).

    Also, when installing OSX, run disc utility and repair permissions at each stage (after initial install, then after each software update). Sounds silly, but it can sometimes be the culprit. But my guess would be that the HDD is failing.
  11. sbluetruck macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2007
    Wisconsin der hey
    just hope it isn't the built in RAM and the added.
    wow, that would be so weird.

    run apps--> utilities --> disk utility and verify the disk to check and see that there are not problems with the hard drive.

    if reseting the PRAM helped, it could still possibly be bad RAM.

    if you start noticing other problems not related to those pieces of hardware, it's my bet you've got a dead logic board.

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